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Tonight, Look For A Rare (But Not Quite Blue) Moon

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 8:22am

The modern definition of a "blue moon" has nothing to do with its color.

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Why Peer Pressure Doesn't Add Up To Retirement Savings

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 4:08am

People often do what their neighbors do. A firm decided to get more people to sign up for retirement plans by telling employees how many of their coworkers had signed up. We examine happened next.

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New York Court: Chimps Are Still Property, Not People

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 7:08pm

The judge wrote that someday they may get legal rights, but courts don't embrace change quickly. The chimps are held by Stony Brook University.

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Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 4:16pm

A group of Ugandan chimps has found a great way to boost their mineral intake and neutralize bitter compounds in their diet: by eating clay.

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Shell Announces Plans To Eliminate 6,500 Jobs

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 3:31pm

Royal Dutch Shell has announced plans to eliminate 6,500 jobs as slumping oil prices force the industry to make adjustments. Shell's profits fell by more than 30 percent in the second quarter.

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AP Study Finds Viruses Linked To Raw Sewage In Rio De Janeiro Olympic Waters

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 3:31pm

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with the AP's Brazil bureau chief Brad Brooks about the investigation, which found high levels of dangerous viruses in water venues for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

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Debris Found In The Indian Ocean May Be From Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 3:28pm

Investigators believe a piece of debris found on the French island of Réunion in the Indian Ocean could be from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared in March 2014.

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Experts: MH370 Debris Could Have Reached Western Indian Ocean

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 2:05pm

An scientist who studies ocean circulation patterns tells NPR that it's "highly likely" that floating wreckage from the airliner could have reached the island of Reunion near Madagascar.

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Scientists Urge Ban On Salamander Imports To U.S. To Keep Fungus At Bay

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 1:03pm

The chytrid fungus has wiped out populations of amphibians around the world. A type of the fungus infects only salamanders, and researchers have identified vulnerable areas in North America.

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Close Listening: How Sound Reveals The Invisible

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 3:47am

The stethoscope seems so simple — a 19th century tool for listening more closely to the human heart or lungs. It also sparked a culture of listening that is transforming the way scientists learn.

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Some Google Street View Cars Now Track Pollution Levels

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 8:28pm

Google's already tested three of the pollution-sensor equipped cars in Denver, and is currently trying them out in the Bay Area.

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SpaceShipTwo 'Pilot Was Thrown From The Vehicle' High In Atmosphere

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 4:24pm

SpaceShipTwo broke apart soon after it reached supersonic speeds and an altitude of around 50,000 feet. Its pilot says his parachute opened in a "gentlemanly" fashion, after he had fallen for a while.

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Europe's Taste For Caviar Is Putting Pressure On A Great Lakes Fish

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 4:12pm

Scientists say lake herring, a key fish in Lake Superior's food web, is suffering because of mild winters and Europe's appetite for roe. Some say the species may be at risk of "collapse."

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Greenpeace Activists Protest Shell Oil's Plan To Drill In The Arctic Ocean

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 4:10pm

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with KUCB reporter John Ryan about how protesters are trying to block Shell's plan to drill in the Arctic by keeping a Shell icebreaker from leaving Portland, Ore.

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One Point Of View On How Lions Can Earn Money For Africa

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 3:53pm

Cecil the lion died in an apparently illegal hunt in Zimbabwe. But legal trophy hunting can bring in big bucks for Africa nations. Our interviewee thinks tourism is a far more profitable venture.

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Beam Me Up? Teleporting Is Real, Even If Trekkie Transport Isn't

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 4:00am

Teleporting from one place to the next looks so fun on the big and little screen. But physicists who actually can do something like that with single atoms say teleporting people would be much messier.

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Researchers Warn Against 'Autonomous Weapons' Arms Race

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 4:32pm

Already, researcher Stuart Russell says, sentry robots in South Korea "can spot and track a human being for a distance of two miles – and can very accurately kill that person."

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Crews Scramble To Contain 3,000-Acre Fire In Glacier National Park

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:39pm

The more than 3,000-acre fire in Glacier National Park in Montana is forcing evacuations and road closures. The fire comes at peak tourist season for park area businesses.

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University Of Lisbon Scientists Solve Pendulum Clock Mystery

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 3:39pm

Two professors at the University of Lisbon say they have discovered why the pendulums of clocks set on the same surface will eventually swing together in opposing directions.

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Human Error Caused Virgin Galactic Crash, Investigators Say

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 2:39pm

SpaceShipTwo broke apart during an October test flight because the co-pilot unlocked a section of the spaceship's tail too early, the National Transportation and Safety Board announced.

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